"Five Little Pumpkins" is on stage every Sunday at Noon September 30 through October 28. Based on the nursery rhyme, the new show was conceived and written by Roger Ricker with music and lyrics by Ben Kapilow. GET TICKETS
"It started with the little rhyme known by many pre-school, kindergarten, and elementary students," Ricker said. "We added much more to it, however. So it's all about the Five Pumpkins who are on the gate...but why are they there? How did they get there? We also added characters who do not exist in the poem. That's the fun of the show."
In "Five Little Pumpkins: The Musical" Private Detective Investigator Marshall Law The Third looks into the situation, only to find that Winona Witch had a lot to do with it. There are also Henry and Harriet, two of the Neighborhood Children, who are heavily involved.
"You may wonder how a show can be exciting with five pumpkins sitting on a gate," Ricker stated. "What we do in the concept is have each pumpkin get off of the gate as they tell their side of the story, which allows the show to breathe. Each pumpkin has a solo, and there is also a lot of interaction between the Private Detective, the Witch, and the Neighborhood Children. There are also times when the audience is involved to assist in finding out the truth of the situation."
Ben Kapilow, the Media Theatre's Resident Music Director, wrote the music and lyrics. Song titles include "Trick Or Treat", "Witches In The Air", "Why We Did It", and "I Wanna Run".
The show also has life lessons about being yourself, being honest, and being kind.
"Five Little Pumpkins" features a Costume Pageant at the end of each show. "It's actually built into the story," Ricker said. "Children in the audience are asked to come to the show in their favorite Halloween costume. During the final scene of the show we'll have them come up on stage, and every child will leave with a treat to start their Halloween fun."
For tickets to "Five Little Pumpkins: The Musical" call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org. The show is on Sundays at Noon Sept. 30 to Oct. 28, with one Saturday morning show at 11am Halloween Weekend Oct. 27.
The cast for "Five Little Pumpkins" is: